The news that several Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams was a reader for the audiobook of Britney Spears’ memoir “The Woman in Me” was so delightful that it couldn’t be overlooked on “Saturday Night Live.” In a pre-taped sketch for the episode hosted by Timothée Chalamet on November 11th, in which Spears’ book club host Clo Fine-Main presented a caravan of famous personalities (or, rather, celebrity impressions) auditioning to become readers for Britney’s book.
Fine-Main was everywhere in the sketch: she portrayed the quirky actress and model Julia Fox and even played a tipsy, borderline illiterate version of Chalamet himself. The actor also took on the role of Martin Scorsese (who recently directed Chalamet in a Blue D Chanel fragrance ad), embodying the legendary director in a humorous context.
Other notable attractions include Sara Sherman as comedian John Mulaney, referencing his recent stand-up special, “Baby Jake” (but in a humorous way); Mollie Kirner as actor Kevin James, but instead of reading from a script, Kirner recreated a widespread meme of James in a peculiar pose; James Austin Johnson breaking character as Warner Herzog, commenting after reading some of Spears’ prose, “I am enthralled by this Floridian dialect”; and Ego Nwodim channeling Pinkett Smith, but instead of reading from the memoir, she screamed before reading from her own memoir, “Tupac has alopecia!”
Alison Jenny, Steve-O, Fred Schneider from the B-52s, Ice Spice, Demi Maggi Smith, Bill Hader, and Neil deGrasse Tyson all made cameo appearances during the sketch. However, none of them came close to perfection in reading Spears’ memoir as Williams did.